Since it’s Friday again, I’m sharing my column from SunStar Davao, our local newspaper in which I write once per week. I hope you enjoy the article.
I’m excited! I’m actually surprised, because I didn’t think that I would be excited about this. Hmm… what’s that? Oh, you are wondering what it is that I’m excited about? Well, to be honest, I’m excited about the upcoming elections.
I’ve lived in the Philippines for nearly 10 years now, so I’ve seen several elections come and go. But, to be honest, I’ve never really been all that interested or excited about the elections before. This time I am though!
Why am I excited? Well, I can’t say for certain, but I can think of a number of reasons.
First, in the past, I have felt more of an outsider in the Philippines… a foreigner living in a foreign land. Now, though, I’ve been living here long enough that I really am not all that interested in the politics in the USA, since it doesn’t affect me that much any longer. I am more interested in the local politics here now, since this is my home.
Secondly, I know more about what is happening in the Philippines compared to elections past. Having lived here for a significant amount of time now, I know about the issues here, where different candidates stand, and certainly more about the personalities who are running. This is particular true for local Davao races.
Thirdly, for the Davao races, I personally know a few of the people who are running for office, so it kind of gives me something interesting to watch and pay attention to. Now, don’t take me wrong on this point, though. As a foreigner, I don’t speak out about any certain candidates, or endorse anybody. It is not my place to do so, and I would never do that. But, now, having some acquaintances running for office, it just makes the races a bit more interesting for me to keep an eye on. In some races, even if I don’t know the candidates personally, it is of great interest to me, because on a local level, the decisions made do affect my life, even though I am not a citizen here. So, keeping an eye on the races is interesting to me.
My first years here, though, I watched the happenings in the elections, but never really felt it affected me much. At that time, I was still more interested in the politics “back home” in the States. Now, though, I don’t feel that my home is “back there,” rather, Davao is where I live, so what happens here is of more interest to me.
And, speaking of Davao races, it certainly looks like things are shaping up for an interesting political season in the City! It seems that in most of the races there are some pretty fierce rivals facing off against each other. I am quite sure that there will be plenty of interesting things to watch for the next six months or so! I suppose no matter which side you are pulling for, the show will be very interesting to watch!
So, from where I sit, it looks like the next six months will be an interesting time to keep an eye on the newspaper, pull up a comfortable chair in front of the TV set, keep a few cold drinks available (and some snacks too!), and become more informed!
Good luck to all who are running! I’ll be watching, because, as I said, I’m excited to see what happens! Like I also said… it does surprise me that I have such an interest this year!